Crosstown Showdown: Sealy ends drought against Bellville


In 2010, “Toy Story 3” was the highest grossing movie, Mark Zuckerberg was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and the New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl after beating a Colts team led by Peyton Manning.

It was also the last time the Sealy Tigers football team defeated Bellville.

On October 22, 2010, the Sealy Tigers defeated the Bellville Brahmas 34-8 in their second-to-last regular season game that season and it would be the last win in the crosstown rivalry for quite a while.

Last Friday, the Tigers ended the six-year losing streak against the Brahmas beating them handily 42-17. For the players, particularly the seniors, a weight they’ve carried their entire playing career at Sealy was finally lifted.

“Since the beginning of my high school career, I’ve always wanted this win,” senior Brennan Brandes said. “We’ve never been close to touching a team like Bellville but we came together as a family and we put a win on the board.”

In similar fashion to the team’s previous blowout win, the points came early and fast for the Tigers. Sealy received the ball on the opening kickoff and drove down the field and scored on a shovel pass to senior receiver Justin Eckhardt.

The receiver in motion shovel pass was a play that the Tigers ran throughout the game utilizing multiple receivers.

“We felt like we should get to the edge against the defense,” head coach Shane Mobley said. “Plus when you toss it forward if someone bats it down or the receiver doesn’t catch it, it’s an incomplete pass rather than a fumble.”

A direct snap to junior running back Ivan Bolden on the two-point conversion put the Tigers up 8-0.

The Tigers scored on their next offensive possession after the defense forced a quick three-and-out. The second touchdown came on third and ten on Sealy’s 28-yard line. Junior quarterback Garret Zaskoda had to scramble out of the pocket away from pressure and delivered a dump pass to Bolden who took the reception 78 yards for the score.

“That actually came from a scramble drill we did earlier this week,” Mobley said. “They spent a little bit of time in the week practicing that and it was a big time heads-up play by Zaskoda not to force it and dumped it out to a safe target.”

A Brahma fumble on the next possession gave Sealy the ball on Bellville’s 30-yard line and a throw by Eckhardt on a trick play put the team in the red zone.

The Tigers ran another motion shovel pass to senior receiver Jared Kainer who took it in for a score to put Sealy up 21-0 by the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter started off the same way for the offense as Bolden was relied on heavily to take the team down the field slowly. There were also several screen passes to junior receiver A.J. McGee.

“[McGee] is a great athletic kid in the passing game and that’s just kind of a base play that a lot of spread offenses like to do,” Mobley said. “And Bolden is a big running back who runs the ball hard and I really think he can compete for First-Team All-District if he continues to do what he’s doing.”

After going deep into Bellville territory, the Tigers went up 28-0 on a rollout pass by Zaskoda to Eckhardt with nine minutes remaining in the half.

The Sealy defense did eventually stumble with three minutes left in the quarter when Brahmas’ quarterback Marcus Ward scored on a 12-yard rushing touchdown to the outside. It capped off a drive with multiple successful runs to the outside after a big 30-yard pass opened it for Bellville.

“It was really more about formations, there were a couple they came out into that we needed to adjust to,” Mobley said. “It was something we had to adjust to at halftime because we were tired and we did that and executed it in the second half.”

The Tigers went for it on fourth and three at midfield on the next drive but a dropped pass gave Bellville the ball and eventually the Brahmas managed to get inside the ten-yard line.

However, the Tigers’ defense bent but didn’t break and forced Bellville to settle for a field goal to make the score 28-10 at half.

Sealy’s only score in the third quarter came on the opening kickoff to Bellville. After the Brahmas’ returner botched catching the kickoff, he picked it up and turn up the field meeting Sealy tacklers at the 10-yard line. That’s when he fumbled it yet again and Kainer recovered it and took it into the end zone.

“Obviously he wasn’t holding it right and I was going behind him and when it got popped in the air, it just landed in my hands and I took it into the end zone,” Kainer said.

Bellville began to drive down the field when they got the ball back reaching all the way to the Sealy 31-yard line. The offense stalled yet again when the Tigers forced a fourth-down stop after pressuring Ward twice.

The Brahmas would get the ball back when a Sealy player accidentally touched the ball on a punt and would score shortly after on a 22-yard run by Trevon Green.

The Tigers’ final score would come in the fourth quarter on a shovel pass to Tyrek McNeese with 4:38 left in the game to make the score 42-17.

 It marks the second straight win for the Tigers after beating Columbus at home during Sealy’s homecoming then Bellville during their homecoming. The two big wins have had a noticeable effect on the players.

“It’s a big confidence booster for us and we’ll keep using it to push us and excel more,” Brandes said.

Mobley said while the wins are a morale booster, the team has to stay grounded and focus on the future.

“I believe the last two weeks have been huge for confidence and morale but they don’t get us into the playoffs,” Mobley said. “With districts coming up, it’s going to be important for us to stay patient for the next six weeks.”

The Tigers’ next game is the first district game of the year for the team on the road against Needville. Sealy will take on the 3-0 Blue Jays at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29.


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